Placing FaceTime video or audio calls is ridiculously easy to do. There's a built-in FaceTime app on every iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, and FaceTime is also integrated into the Phone app on iPhone, As long as you're on Wi-Fi or cellular data, you can stay in touch with family and friends, even while traveling, connect with anyone in the world, even without a long distance plan, and not only hear but see the people you're talking to.

It's like having all the people you care about most right there in front of you.

Best of all, it's easy to use!

How to make a FaceTime Audio call from your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the FaceTime app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the search bar in the upper center of the screen.
  3. Type the name of the contact you'd like to call.
  4. Tap the contact.
  5. Tap the phone button on the far right. It looks like a telephone receiver.

    Type the name, tap the contact, tap the phone button

If you have multiple phone numbers and emails for that person, you'll be asked to pick one. Tap on the correct phone number to select it.

How to make a FaceTime Video call from your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the FaceTime app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the search bar in the upper center of the screen.
  3. Type the name of the contact you'd like to call.
  4. Tap the contact.
  5. Tap the video button on the far right. It looks like a video camera.

    Type the name, tap the contact, tap the video button

If you have multiple phone numbers and emails for that person, you'll be asked to pick one. Tap on the correct phone number to select it.

How to switch from a regular call to FaceTime on your iPhone

If you're already on a phone call with someone and decide you want to FaceTime instead, you can easily do so by converting the call to a FaceTime call in just a few short taps.

  1. Look at the call menu. It's what shows up on the screen while you're on a call.
  2. Tap on the FaceTime option. If it's grayed out, that means FaceTime is not available and you won't be able to select it.

    Look at the call menu, tap the FaceTime button

If the person on the other end is on a FaceTime-enabled device, the call will now convert to a FaceTime call instead of a regular voice call.

How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

  1. Start or answer a FaceTime call.
  2. While on the call, press the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to return to your Home screen.

While you're out of the app, your video will be paused, but your recipient will continue to hear your audio. You can return to the call at any time by tapping on the bar at the top of the screen.

How to use Siri to place a FaceTime call

  1. Press and hold the Home button or say "Hey Siri" to activate Siri.
  2. Say FaceTime [name]. You can also just say FaceTime and Siri will ask you to specify whether you want a video or audio call, and who you'd like to FaceTime.
  3. Wait for Siri to connect the FaceTime call.

That's all there is to it. If you've used Siri in the past to place phone calls, the process is exactly the same. Just preface your request with FaceTime instead!

How to use FaceTime with Apple TV

Apple TV, when combined with AirPlay Mirroring, is great way to take personal FaceTime video calls between family or colleagues and make them group calls that everyone can engage with. Whether you want to get the whole gang together for a big birthday bash, or the entire office for a conference call, FaceTime on the big screen makes it possible.

  1. Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open FaceTime on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. (Conversely, wait for someone to call you on FaceTime.)
  3. Swipe up to activate Control Center.
  4. Tap AirPlay Mirroring.
  5. Select the correct Apple TV.

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FaceTime: The Ultimate Guide

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